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Breaking the Mask of Depression: Meds Suck(Rebroadcast) Episode #75

Meds Suck

Welcome to a raw and honest episode of "Breaking the Mask of Depression," where I dive deep into the world of mental illness medications and their often brutal side effects.

I decided to rename the podcast to better reflect our mission of shattering the generational traumas and the masks we wear to hide our pain.

Today, we're going to talk about something that's not often discussed openly: the sucky reality of mental illness medications.

I've been on this journey since my first breakdown in 2006, and after 16 years, I've had my fair share of experiences with various medications. I've learned the hard way that not all doctors are attentive to how these meds interact with our unique bodies, and I've suffered severe side effects, including a grand mal seizure. This has taught me the importance of researching every medication prescribed to me.

Mental illness medications can be life-saving, but they can also significantly hinder your quality of life. I've been prescribed up to four different types of medications at once, each with its own set of side effects. The side effects can range from dizziness and drowsiness to more severe issues like sexual dysfunction and insomnia. It's crucial to read the pamphlets, understand the potential side effects, and communicate with your doctor about what you're willing to tolerate.

I've encountered medications notorious for causing weight gain, and I've made the personal decision to avoid them due to the additional mental burden that weight gain brings to me. It's essential to be vocal about what side effects you can and cannot live with.

Beyond the commonly discussed side effects, there are lesser-known issues like dry skin, vision loss, brittle nails, hair loss, and dental problems. Dry mouth, in particular, has led to significant dental issues for me, which is a side effect that doctors rarely mention.

Despite the challenges, I've had periods where I stopped all medications, only to realize that I may need them for the rest of my life to manage my treatment-resistant depression. It's important not to feel ashamed if you need medication to live a better life. There are natural alternatives, but they may not work for everyone, especially those with more severe forms of mental illness.

Remember, you're not alone in this fight. Be honest with your doctor, your family, your friends, and most importantly, yourself. Find what works for you, whether it's taking meds at night to sleep through the side effects or being upfront about your limitations.

I'm here to share my experiences and offer support. You can always reach out to me privately if you have specific questions about medications or side effects. Let's continue to raise our voices about these topics and support each other through the tough times. Remember, I get you, I got you, and I need you to keep fighting. Stay safe and well.

Please listen and share. You may just save a life.

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